California Hot Rod Reunion
October 14-17, 2010
Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car Results
Photos by Bob Snyder
Oct. 17, 2010
Semi Finals Funny Car.....Mark Hentges takes on Steven Densham and this one was not as pretty as the previous two rounds. Densham got real loose and had to fight it off the wall, but the dust was flying,
he pedalled it to a respectable 6.168/171while Hentges struggled like he did in round one. His 6.092/218.65 was just enough to get the win and a trip to his biggest final round in an NFC.
Leah Pruett faced Canuck Claude Lavoie and Lavoie lost a tenth from the prior rounds (6.036/202.23) and that was all the Plueger tuned Mustang needed to advance to the final with a great 5.823/241.41
She clinched the Heritage series championship the round before and now all she has to do it get it done against the Bucky Austin Arrow in the final. This one will be good. Both car owners ran together as team mates up until this year, and both will want bragging rights for the next five months.
Semi finals of Top Fuel....
.......Jim Murphy faced Adam Sorokin and this one should have be the final round, as the winner of the race would be the 2010 Top Fuel Heritage champion.
Young gun vs cagey veteran and the win goes to... the young stud. Wow, a great career best 5.62/252. Murphy was loose and troubled and he coasted to a 8.60/104
Brent Harris took a few runs to sort out the Posse's Top Fuel car and they could not get it done during qualifying. They are thanking their lucky stars there weren't more than 16 cars for the event. Brent goes 5.77/250 and got the easy win over a troubled Rick McGee who could only muster up a 6.88/132.
Harris vs Sorokin in the final. It should be good!
Round two Funny Car....
.....Right lane. Hentges,
A slow first round win in round one as the Bucky car laboured all
the way down track.
Left lane. Halstead
Right. Densham 5.84/239
a win for the kid, he is looking for a bit of history, as he is
competing this year as a rookie.
Right. Boychuk 5.780/249.Wow,
this is a shock. The car is always one of the quickest every round.
But he throws it away on a red light. .021 red. That one will sting.
Lavoie will face Pruett
and Hentges will take on Densham in the semis
Round two Top Fuel...
.......Best round I have ever seen for side by side racing. Two races won on holeshots and ets within hundredths.
pairing. Left lane Rick McGee
A 5.822/251 gets him win by the slimest of margins, what a great
race. Margin of victory was .001.
Left Thompson 5.829/252
great race side by side ets Sorokin had a tenth at the tree for
Left Harris 5.80 /247.66
solid run for both again. The Sherriff hp comes through
Left Murphy 5.842/229
win by .007
In the semis, Murphy gets Sorokin and Harris is up against McGee.
Oct 16, 2010
(Snyder and Wilson photos)
Round one eliminations Funny Car
Left. Sanders 6.45/159
had the lead but went out of the groove and he hit the cones
Hentges Left lane.
6.29/211 very soft on the run as it looked like he left in second
Right lane: Leah Pruett
LeDuc 6.086/236 a real close race with Leduc getting the win. She
left first and won by a car length. She still leads the points,
ahead of Boychuk who is also into round two.
Right Lane Steven
Densham 5.83/236 Continues the strong laps and will advance to round
Right Lane Claude
Lavoie 5.887/235 Claude leaves first and gets the win over the #2
Lee Paul Jennings
Car would not start
Left Paul Romine 5.853/237.
Was real close to half track then Crawford's car fell off the pace
and started smoking on the top end.
Round one Top Fuel
Brent Harris 5.73/257
Harris get the ducks in a row and lays down low et and top mph of
Mike McLennan 6.980
Adam Sorokin 5.892/253
Adam keeps pace in trying to win the title this year. He takes out
the Ozzie Keith Burgin
James Day broke on
the starting line
Brendon Murray 6.43/177
Troy Green 5.95 /229
wins on a huge holeshot
Jim Murphy Single
Nitro Funny Car
Round two final qualifying (pair by pair)
left. Mike Smith Brand
x 5.90 Did not get in a run Friday, so this is an off the trailer
left. Roger Garten
6.050 good run but it will not be good enough to stay in the field.
left. Leah Pruett
5.88/236 as per usual, the Plueger tuned 'Stang gets in the field.
left. Ed Dougan shook
and swapped lanes
right. Jeff Bennett
right. Tom Padilla
6.36 blew up on the top end and lit it on fire
right. Mark Hengtes
5.78/248 wow a great run for Hentges and Austin
right. Dale Van Gundy
5.956/230 best run ever for the ex TAFC team
right. Mike Adams
shook the tires
left. Mike Savage
6.00 good run but no improvement
right. Josh Crawford
the other Max 5.93/237 solid run
right. Dale Pulde
6.025, a good run, but he just fails to make the field
Left. Shawn Nault
6.75 Made it from a to b but not enough snot in the tank.
Left. Bob Godfrey
6.256 another good run but there are so many good cars that many
good teams are going home.
Right. Todd Lesenko
5.986/243.50 wow a great run by Lesenko but he does not paly on
Left. Mark Sanders
5.87/244 they had to go for it and Jake comes through with a clutch
Left. Dennis Swearingen
smoked the tires trying to get off the bump and the California team
blazed the tires.
Right. Steven Densham
the final driver and Steven is looking for a '70, and 5.934/232
comes up on the scoreboard.
1 - Mark Hentges -
Final qualifying Top Fuel
1 - Jim Murphy - 5.801 - 230.35
Oct 15, 2010
3:30 PM UPDATE (Friday round one qualifying)
(Bob Snyder and Bob Wilson photos)
We're through the first round of qualifying in Funny Car and Top Fuel and we've seen some great performances, one crash and a few different versions of the "Top-End Watusi". Leah Pruett-Leduc even threw in a backfired blower on the burnout for good measure. With a reported 40 or 41 cars pre-entered, I was a little disappointed to only see 35 cars attempt to make a pass.
The 16 car field - no second chance "B" field - just 16 cars and two shots to make the show, showed how tough it was going to be as the bump spot kept dropping from the 6.50's, to .40's, then a big jump down to 6.15 and finally stopped at 6.091, with the first alternate, Dale Pulde (yes, THAT Dale Pulde) one spot below the bump at 6.092. Last chance is tomorrow afternoon, then they're into the first round of eliminations in the late afternoon.
As the floppers lined up for their 1:00 session, the temperature guns registered "only" 115 degrees at the starting line while the air temp was tickling 90 and still climbing. The only clouds in the sky are far off in the distance and hardly threatening. First in the lanes is the Canadian car of Chilliwack BC's Tim Nemeth. And here we go into the results:
Funny Car Qualifying - Session 1
- Steven Densham - 5.855 - 235.97
Funny Car Non-Qualifiers - Session 1
- Dale Pulde - 6.092 - 229.18
There were some great and a few not-so-great performances in that round of qualifying, but with only one more shot tomorrow, the non-qualifiers are going to have to seriously step up their combinations to get into the field for eliminations. Even though there's only seven cars in the 5's so far, I'm betting on an all-5-second field after tomorrow's final round of qualifying. Stay tuned to find out.
In Top Fuel qualifying, only 16 cars made a lap (of the 21 pre-entries) and Jim Murphy came out on top of that group, with a 5.80-flat to take the provisional pole. The major incident of the round was a nasty crash of the "Blair's Fugowie" car, driven by John Weaver,
as it crossed the track after the finish line and ran almost headfirst into the right side guardwall. Weaver was out of the car quickly after the incident and reported to be A-OK but the car obviously was much the worse for wear. Another casualty of the crash was the remotely operated Nikon D-700 with a 400mm lens (about $7 - $8000 of gear) that was found in three pieces and missing the compact flash card with what could be some amazing images that are now lost.
Through the miracle of.... walking up the stairs and asking for them, I've got the Top Fuel qualifying results in hand. By the way, the announced (over the PA - and he was wrong as often as he was right) 8-car field seems to have morphed into a full 16-car deal, as there's 16 cars on the list and none are listed as non-qualifiers, even though two cars didn't receive a valid e.t. Here's the list:
Top Fuel Qualifying - Session 1
- Jim Murphy - 5.801 - 230.35
And that's pretty much a wrap on qualifying, for the pro classes, on the first day of the 19th annual California Hot Rod Reunion from Auto Club Famoso Raceway in McFarland (okay, Bakersfield) California. See y'all again tomorrow for the final day of qualifying and the first round(s) of eliminations.
21 Top Fuelers and an unbelievable 40 Nitro Funny Cars are pre-entered.
This will be THE Vintage/Nostalgia show of the decade!
Here are the picks for the top "16" by Mark King AA?FC news and the Nostalgia Funny Car web site.
is taking a decidedly different twist than in the past. We are now
going to forecast the 16 funny cars that we believe will qualify
for the 19th California Hot Rod Reunion and the position that they
will qualify in. We will also have a dark horse pick which will
be placed in the number 16 qualifying position. We will also forecast
the bump spot for the qualifying field along with low elapsed time
and who will run it, top mile per hour and who will run it, and
the event winner. As always this is for entertainment purposes only.
Here are SpeedZone Magazine picks for the 2010 reunion funny car field
Jay Mageau's picks for who will qualify
#1 Pruett Plueger-
Bobby Thunder's picks for the qualifiers in Funny Car
What are you looking at me for? I just got here, haven't even had a chance to see any of the cars and I really don't have a clue who's running hot or not. Okay, let's say that Bucky's car with Hentges in is definite top 8, Boychuk's cubic money will probably be number one, and Paul Romine will be in there too, with the Plueger & Gyger guys and/or girls (doesn't matter who's driving them - they always run well) will be near the top of the ladder.
Ask me again in a few hours and I'll have a better idea; and if you ask me after the first round of qualifying I might even be close to the mark. Stay tuned for all the news from the 'Patch.
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